Martin Delrio: Demonology and Scholarship in the Counter-Reformation by Jan Machielsen (review)

Martin Delrio: Demonology and Scholarship in the Counter-Reformation by Jan Machielsen (review) "Ambrose and Nicene Demoniacs" (199­237), devoted to Ambrose of Milan and the basilica crisis of 386. After describing the Christian history of Milan from Constantine onward, the chapter focuses on the discovery of Protasius's and Gervasius's relics and their role in the crisis of the basilicas. It stresses the meaning of their placement under the church altar as evidence of Ambrose's active engagement in re-conceptualizing the ritual identity of Milan. In this way, the basilica crisis is interpreted as a manifestation of Ambrose's fear of losing sacramental ritual space rather than as a mere problem of physical and legal possession of ecclesiastical buildings (201). City of Demons is a profoundly learned work that aims to address the widely studied issue of urban ecclesiastical leadership with a fresh approach; the critical apparatus and the number and consistency of references are impressive. It may be that it adds little to what scholars of Late Antiquity have already said on the topic, and it is often insistent and repetitive in concepts and language. Nevertheless, City of Demons is a book that can be read with pleasure. mar marcos University of Cantabria jan machielsen. Martin Delrio: Demonology and Scholarship in the CounterReformation. http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Magic, Ritual, and Witchcraft University of Pennsylvania Press

Martin Delrio: Demonology and Scholarship in the Counter-Reformation by Jan Machielsen (review)

Magic, Ritual, and Witchcraft, Volume 12 (1) – Apr 17, 2017

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"Ambrose and Nicene Demoniacs" (199­237), devoted to Ambrose of Milan and the basilica crisis of 386. After describing the Christian history of Milan from Constantine onward, the chapter focuses on the discovery of Protasius's and Gervasius's relics and their role in the crisis of the basilicas. It stresses the meaning of their placement under the church altar as evidence of Ambrose's active engagement in re-conceptualizing the ritual identity of Milan. In this way, the basilica crisis is interpreted as a manifestation of Ambrose's fear of losing sacramental ritual space rather than as a mere problem of physical and legal possession of ecclesiastical buildings (201). City of Demons is a profoundly learned work that aims to address the widely studied issue of urban ecclesiastical leadership with a fresh approach; the critical apparatus and the number and consistency of references are impressive. It may be that it adds little to what scholars of Late Antiquity have already said on the topic, and it is often insistent and repetitive in concepts and language. Nevertheless, City of Demons is a book that can be read with pleasure. mar marcos University of Cantabria jan machielsen. Martin Delrio: Demonology and Scholarship in the CounterReformation.

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